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Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's time for a Growing In Unity gal blog hop!!!

It's that time again....for the Growing In Unity gals from this quarter to hop along and share with you creations we have made using some of our favorite images from Unity Stamp Company.

I've been a HUGE unity fan from the very beginning of their start.  I was one of the first members of their group on Splitcoast Stampers and looked forward to every HIPHOP event they ever had on that site!  Having been a fan for such a long time...lets just say that I have quite a collection of Unity images in my studio!!

To show my love of Unity for this hop I decided to share with you a project I have recently made for our neighbor's daughter.  She is a HUGE horse lover and loves to swim, so I knew right away which images I would use to make her a collection of cards and matching envelopes.  We recently learned they are moving away, so these are the perfect gift to give her so she can keep in touch with friends.

I'm using three sets by Phyllis Harris for my cards:

Easier with you by my side by  




Felt with the heart 





and depth of life  






I adore her imagery and really find the images soothing.  I love coloring them and find myself using them as a go to for cards for children.

Each image was stamped using Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  I then used chalk to create the backgrounds for the images.  I find that chalk is much more forgiving when creating large areas of color.  I then used a spray fixative to keep the chalk in place.








You can see on the envelopes that I only stamped part of the image and left a good bit of the envelope plain for addressing.


here is the full set of cards and envelopes:



I hope you like my card and envelope set.  Be sure to leave comments along the way for each blog stop!!!

From here you will hop along to Lee Ann's blog...

Here is the hop order in case you should get lost:

Unity blog:  http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/

Anna Natalia Eatseemake.blogspot.com
Shannon Horch http://giugirlshannon.blogspot.com/?m=1
Suzanne Shaft www.addatouchofsparkle.com
Heather Bolli https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/
Linda Pekrul www.BlueSkyScrapping.blogspot.ca
Lynda Lindley http://positive-force.blogspot.com/  <----- are="" br="" here...="" nbsp="" you="">  <----- are="" br="" here...="" you="">
Lee Ann Barrett Greytpapercrafts.blogspot.com
Belinda Beshirs https://belscraftingaddiction.wordpress.com/
Suzi Baker McKenzie suzannebakermckenzie.blogspot.com
Monica Edwards scraps2treasure.blogspot.com
Alyson Kerr Esposito  http://alysonesposito.blogspot.com/


Happy crafting....Lynda

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Winner winner Chicken dinner......

Or for this....Who will I tag, who will I tag to win a grab bag????

First, let me say how very much I appreciated reading every sweet comment that was left on my posts from last week as a Growing In Unity Gal.  It has been one of my favorite things to do and I have been so lucky to have been able to participate for a few years in a row.

Now...on to what you are waiting for....my winners:

Random comment from my post on Day Four:

Denise Bryant who left me this lovely comment:


Love that pretty flower image from the KOTM! Beautiful colors on your cards!
 
 
and random comment from my post on Day One:
 
 
Wow that's lovely
 
 
If you would both please send me your mailing addresses I will forward them along to Unity so they can send out your prizes!!!
 
Thank you again for spending some time with me last week...and I hope to share with you again my love of all stamps Unity again soon!!!
 
Happy crafting...Lynda

Friday, June 30, 2017

Growing in Unity Final day....day five

Hello for one last time my Unity Friends.  I am so sad that my week has come to an end, but I have a great pair of cards to share with you today.



This time I'm using an image from the Fly Free Kit of the Month from 6/10:


I started with some watercolor card bases.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment using Stazon ink.  I then picked an acrylic block and added ink directly to the surface and stamped it over the flowers to create the color block behind the flowers.  I then colored the flowers using Distress Markers.  I then added some washi tape along the edges of the cards and inked the edges with the same color.  I then made a mask of the sentiment and used the same ink to color it in as well.  I then used some Stazon Studio Glaze in the centers of the flowers to make them dimensional.

Just like I have done on a couple of other days this week...I created two cards for you using the same image and techniques...but the looks are different...




Be sure to leave a comment on this post and the others from this week as I get to pick one lucky person to receive an awesome prize from Unity!!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments this week...it has been so much fun sharing my work with you and I hope to have inspired you to try a few new things with you Unity Stamps!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Growing in Unity Day Four

Welcome Unity Friends!!!  It's day four of my week as one of the Growing In Unity gals and I am super excited to share my projects with you today!!!


For my cards I used this wonderful floral image from the Warmth of Winter KOTM 12/14:



For both cards I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Memento ink.  I then picked out Prismacolor pencils that I wanted to use and colored each image...the first was colored with reds, maroons, and black.



For the second card I decided, while waiting for my daughter who was at her drawing lesson, to really mix it up and picked a bunch of grey tone colors and went to town.  I really love mixing colored pencil colors to create all kinds of highlights and shadows on an image.


and here is the final image on a card:



So...which do you like best?  I love how a single image can look so many different ways based on how it's colored!!!

I hope you'll leave a comment on this post and my others from this week, as I get to pick a winner of an awesome prize from Unity when my week is up.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Growing in Unity Day Three and the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Welcome Unity Friends and Coffee Lovers!!!  I am so excited to share with you my day three projects and also participate in the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I have been doing these hops each and every time and look forward to all the inspiration that comes from the amazing projects submitted!
For my cards today I used this wonderful Itty Bitty image titled Coffee Side by Side:

I stamped the images using Memento black ink.  I then colored them in using my Prismacolor pencils.  I got a HUGE set of them for Christmas this past year, doubling the number of colors I had.  I then trimmed the cardstock down and matted each with coordinating colors.  I then found these wonderful summery pattern papers in my stash and used them as the base for my cards.  Summer for me here in California means flowers...lots and lots of flowers, so I had to pick papers that reflect the colors of the flowers in my garden.  I love how different each card looks using the same stamp, but different colors!





I hope you are inspired to maybe create a coffee themed project and link it up on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Hop post.

And don't forget to leave a comment on each post this week...I get to pick one lucky person to win an awesome prize from Unity!!!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Growing in Unity Day Two

Happy day two my Unity Friends!!!


Today I am sharing with you a card I created using two of my favorite Unity Stamp Company Fashionista images...  Anastasia and Claire:








For my card I first stamped Anastasia and then created a mask of her.  I then stamped the Claire image so it appeared as if Anastasia's arm was in front of Claire.

I then ran the cardstock through my printer once I decided on the sentiment for the card front.

I then colored both girls using Copic markers.  I then used markers to crate the speckled background behind the girls.  I then added some Wink of Stella to Claire's bow and dress; and Anastasia's gloves and boots.  I love how the little extra pop of sparkle makes any card extra special!!



I love how these Fashionista girl images all coordinate together and allow you to create such fun cards and projects.

I hope you will come back and join me again tomorrow...oh and don't forget to leave a comment on each post this week...I'll be selecting one random commenter to receive an awesome prize from Unity!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Monday, June 26, 2017

Growing in Unity Day one

Welcome Unity friends....I am so excited to be sharing with you again this year creations I have made using images from Unity Stamp Company!!!



Today I thought it would be fun to share with you how you can use some packaged cards and add some stamping to them to create unique one of a kind greetings.

I picked up these two different font style thank you cards from Michael's around the end of the year.  The paper is very gritty like a watercolor paper, so they were perfect for this project.  Here is what they looked like beforehand:




I then stamped this bird from the Love the Little Things KOTM June 2013 in Stazon ink onto each card.


I then colored the image with  Derwent Inktense Pencils and used a waterbrush to move the colors around and blend them to create the background. I love how these pencils allow you to create fun and unique backgrounds so easily.



I hope this project has you looking at packaged plain cards a bit differently from here on.  It really is a fun way to create unique one of a kind greetings!

Until tomorrow...have an awesome day!!!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Another Coffee Lovers Bloghop project

It's time for my third project for the hop...




love all the projects shared on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop!!

This is another image we received as a freebie in a prior Coffee Lovers Bloghop, but there isn't a name attached to the file.



For this one I printed the image on white cardstock and then colored it with my Prismacolor pencils.  I decided to add the polkadots to the coffee sleeve so it looked more realistic.  I then added it to the cardbase using foam tape.  The cardbase was covered with this fun worn paint looking pattern paper.  I then added the sentiment sticker.

I hope you'll make some time to play along if you can...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Another coffee card for ya....

It's time for my second project for the hop...




love all the projects shared on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop!!

For this project I used the freebie from the Rise and Shine set by Verve Stamps!  Love the images and had to color up this one straight away.  I used my Prismacolor pencils on it and gave it a kind of desert color scheme...so looking forward to the colors of spring starting to show up here and there...



I hope you'll pull out some warm beverage images and color up something to share...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Friday, March 24, 2017

Time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop!!!

It's that time again...and I wouldn't miss it...



For my card I am using one of the freebie images we received in a prior hop.  Unfortunately my file has the following name on it and I can't seem to figure out who created this wonderful image:  dtc lizzie freebie.  If you happen to know the source of this image please let me know so I can properly tag it...



I've been working with my Prismacolor pencils a lot lately and coloring while my youngest is at her guitar lesson.  This week I worked on this image and am pleased with how it turned out.  I added it to this great floral pattern paper and then added the sentiment across the front using these cute pink brads!

Pull out something warm drink related and jump in and play along...  all the details can be found on the blog post here.

Happy crafting....Lynda